Place explored through a personal selection of the lives, novels, art, architecture, poetry and history inspired by England's industrial era.
Stuart Maconie in Adventures on the High Teas (2009) has this to say about the North: … the worst of the North, who bang on about it being God’s Country. It isn’t. There is no God’s Country. Unless it all is. Or unless it’s Einstein’s Country. Merely coming from the north per se is nothing to be proud of. You have to do something, go somewhere, be clever and beautiful and charming and yes, maybe northern and share it with the world….the England that made Vaughan Williams and Shakespeare is dearer to me than the England that made Bernard Manning and Liam Gallagher.’ (p341)
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2 thoughts on “The North is not God’s Country”
Hi Vicky, I wouldn’t take it personally. I’m from the North too. I think he’s just taking a swipe at rampant chauvinism. Fair enough, don’t you think?